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AROUND THE REGION

August 24, 2009

Water main break floods W. Saratoga St.

A water main break Sunday afternoon in the 600 block of West Saratoga Street heavily damaged the north side of the street, said Kurt Kocher, a spokesman for the city's Department or Public Works. He said the 40-inch wide transmission main ruptured about 1 p.m., closing West Saratoga west of Greene Street. The force of the break raised the street about 8 to 10 inches and created an enormous hole. Kocher said residences and businesses may experience low water pressure and temporary outages. Also, commuters who normally access the Pearl Street Social Security garage from West Saratoga should instead use the Franklin Street entrance, which is usually closed. Kocher expects repairs to take several days.

- Sun staff

Mayor praises city firefighters' smoke alarm effort

Mayor Sheila Dixon is praising the merits of the Baltimore City Fire Department's "Free Smoke Detector" program after a woman who had smoke alarms installed in her home by city firefighters Friday, escaped a fire unharmed the next day. Chief Kevin Cartwright, a fire department spokesman, said the woman was awakened by the smoke alarm, went downstairs to investigate and was confronted by smoke and flames. The two-story rowhouse in the 2600 block of McElderry Street where the woman lives sustained heavy damage in the fire Saturday. Members of Engine Company 51 had installed three fire alarms in her house the day before. In a news press release, Dixon said the fire department "has worked diligently to reduce fire deaths in the city." Cartwright said city firefighters have installed about 5,000 of the tamper-resistant alarms since March. If you live in Baltimore City and would like to request a free smoke detector, call the Smoke Detector Hotline at 410-396-SAVE.

- Sun staff

Elkridge man charged with trying to kill his ex-girlfriend

A 43-year-old Elkridge man has been charged with second-degree attempted murder after threatening to kill his former live-in girlfriend at her residence. Howard County police arrested Donald Joseph Scallio after responding around 11 p.m. Saturday to an unknown trouble call that came in to a 911 dispatcher. Officers located the residence in the 6000 block of Old Washington Road, where screaming could be heard, and forced their way in. Police believe that Carolyn Shaw had recently thrown Scallio out of her home and he returned to confront her. Shaw was treated by paramedics at the scene, but declined further treatment. Scallio is being held at the Howard County Detention Center without bond.

- Don Markus

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